Definition of highveld in English:



mass noun
  • A region of veld situated at a high altitude, especially the region in the north-east of South Africa, between 1200 and 1800 metres (4000 and 6000 feet) above sea level.

    • ‘There are four distinctive levels of terrain: the highveld, middleveld, lowveld, and the Lubombo mountain range.’
    • ‘At dawn, a fat ugly highveld cloud rolled across the ground, and for the rest of the day, it sat lugubriously overhead, sniffling away to itself.’
    • ‘This area includes the Maize Triangle of the eastern highveld and the northeastern Free State in South Africa.’
    • ‘That was at sea level so the question remains whether the Wallabies can win on the highveld, where they are winless in the modern era.’
    • ‘Mthethwa said this system caused thunderstorm conditions, and this is what had resulted in hail on the highveld.’
    • ‘The wicket is pretty green at the moment, and we expect it to swing, because that's what happens on the highveld in these conditions.’
    • ‘We forget that May is generally warm on the highveld.’
    • ‘The Free State is a highland plain, called a highveld in South Africa, bordering Lesotho to the west.’
    • ‘Chiefdoms and clans attacked each other from the east coast right up to the highveld, creating a domino effect and incredible human suffering.’
    • ‘Gauteng, says Thackwell, has a diversity of locations, ranging from the highveld to grassland.’
    • ‘He added that the situation in the southern lowveld where Save is located ‘is nowhere near as bad as in the central and northern highveld.’’
    • ‘The weather service website predicted ‘very cold and windy conditions over the eastern high ground and highveld.’’
    • ‘The result is thick laminated glass that will cut out most of the noise, as well as offering protection against the harsh highveld sun.’
    • ‘As a result, very cold conditions were expected over the western, southern and south-eastern interior as well as the eastern high ground and highveld.’
    • ‘The black wildebeest, which once roamed the highveld in the hundreds of thousands, was just a few years from being shot into oblivion in the late nineteenth century.’


Late 19th century: partial translation of Afrikaans hoëveld.